Housatonic Valley Health District
Housatonic Valley Health District (HVHD) is a full-time public health department that serves New Milford, Oxford, Sharon, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury with the goal of providing a healthy environment, advocating for health and well-being, and preventing disease within our communities. HVHD is governed by a Board of Directors, with representatives from the six municipalities, in proportion to their population, based on a State formula. The District has offices located in New Milford and Southbury with additional satellite offices in Oxford, Washington, and Woodbury.
Director Of Health
Amy Bethge has a Masters of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and has worked in Public Health and the healthcare industry for over a decade. Her previous work includes management of grants, community-based programs and research activities for Nuvance Health and Griffin Hospital. Most recently, Amy worked in Quality Improvement at ConnectiCare/EmblemHealth. In her capacity as the Director of Health, Amy is tasked with supervising administration, grants, preparedness, operations as well as the community health and environmental programs of the Housatonic Valley Health District. Amy works to ensure the provision of high quality public health services, expanding critical programs, as well as implementing and advocating for policies that best serve the district’s residents. Amy is passionate about healthcare policy and health equity.
Ten Essential Public Health Services
The Ten Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for the responsibilities of local public health services. They are to:
Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.